Posted on | January 17, 2017 | No Comments
Every homeowner has a different set of priorities when it comes to creating their dream home. Builders need to be inventive, adaptable and skilled in order to ensure that their clients’ most pressing needs are met. As operations manager of Shea Custom – a prestigious Charlotte remodeling company that is much sought after because of its quality craftsmanship and exemplary service – Charlie O’Melveny knows well how to build and renovate homes that reflect what’s most important to his clients. Today’s featured home is a perfect example. North Carolina Design spoke with Charlie about this successful renovation project.
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The owners were a young married couple with two young children. They were members of the Carmel Country Club, and they wanted to live on the golf course. They purchased a home in the perfect location, but the layout didn’t quite meet their needs. So, they turned to Shea Custom, who ended up renovating about 80 percent of the home.
The homeowners had several priorities on their wish list. They wanted to add square footage to comfortably accommodate their children. They wanted a floor plan that would make it easy to entertain, and easy to enjoy the home’s beautiful golf course views. Also important was an outdoor space they could use year round, and a mudroom that would help the outdoors stay “outdoors.” Another must was a kitchen that was both functional and beautiful.
“To give the kids their own space, we added ½ story with two bedrooms and a bathroom, just for them” recounts Charlie. “To address the homeowners’ entertainment needs, we took down the divider between the living room and the kitchen to create an open space that flowed naturally. We also added a screened-in outdoor space with a fireplace right off the living room. It flows with the entertainment area, and lets the family enjoy the outdoors – and the incredible view – all year long.”
The kitchen underwent a huge transformation. Once dated and impractical, it’s now gorgeous, luxurious, and functional. “The homeowners cook often, so we added in several nice practical features, like a large island, an island sink, and lots of storage and seating. We also installed an incredible French drawer oven. It’s built right into the cabinetry, and the doors open up individually. It really optimizes cabinet space. This oven is a relatively new option, and it’s the first one we’ve installed.”
Aesthetically, the kitchen balances rich, classic elements with clean, contemporary lines for an overall transitional look, while rustic and natural touches add a bit of earthy charm and character. “You have these very classic white Carrera marble countertops, and this gray and white glass subway tile backsplash,” notes Charlie. “But then you have the original brick we preserved around the window, the beaded wooden light fixtures, and the wooden island, which we had custom built to look like a free-standing table.”
Beautiful touches of character can be found throughout the house, from the custom bead board built ins in the new mudroom to the rough sawn cedar beam and stone fireplace in the screened in porch. The fireplace was not part of the original design,” admits Charlie. “The homeowners decided they had to have it, so we designed it from scratch during the remodel. We placed it to the side so that it’s a focal point, but doesn’t detract from the view.”
Like the home’s interior, the outdoor space is comfy, beautiful, elegant, and functional – everything the homeowners desired. “They were really happy with everything – with the selections, with our service, with the process, and with the end result.” reflects Charlie. “They have the exact home they wanted and needed. As a builder, you really can’t ask for more than that.”